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I have been watching with such sadness and horror the aftermath discussions on the recent horrible school shootings. The discussions regarding teachers carrying weapons are the most concerning.

1. If teachers are going to carry weapons legally to protect themselves and their students, what type of training will occur? Will the teachers know how to react in a combat situation?

2. Are the teachers mentally prepared for this type of carry? When it comes to really shooting a gun at another person, will that teacher be mentally prepared to do so? Will the teacher be mentally prepared to shoot a kid? Their lives have been spent teaching and protecting their students in a nonviolent way. 

3. Even prepared to handle a gun, will the teacher be able to shoot to kill? If a trained security guard carrying a gun was unprepared to shoot, how can we expect our teachers to bear such a burden?

4. Are we as American citizens prepared for the aftermath of such a society? Where will it lead? If a teacher kills a kid, what will be the legal ramifications for that teacher? Will the child's family sue the teacher saying he or she shot without allowing authorities to talk him down?

We are the USA. Let's elect officials who have a good plan to address guns.

Virginia LaPosa, Munster

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Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.